IBS is a frustrating condition because it does not point to any cause - why are my bowels acting this way? Often people think the origin is food and they go around in circles trying to elucidate the cause.
Studies have shown that in 84% of people with IBS the cause is not in fact food but something called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO means exactly what it says, that there is an overgrowth of bad bugs in your small intestine which in turn leads to all sorts of symptoms from bloating and loose stools to constipation, acid reflux, and abdominal pain.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SIBO?
SIBO can be diagnosed by an in easy at-home breathe test that I can prescribe for you.
HOW DO I TREAT THIS?
The good news is, treatment for SIBO has a very high success rate with an >85% recovery. There are a few different therapy options, including:
- Mainstream antibiotics
- Herbal antibiotics
Both have shown to be equally effective in the literature. I can advise on the pros and cons of both strategies to help choose the right solution for you.
TAKE ACTION FOR YOUR GUT HEALTH
- Stop trying to self-treat with probiotics, supplements, and dietary restrictions
- Book in a consult to review your GI health and see if SIBO testing is indicated
- Once the SIBO is eradicated, you can live a life free of gut concerns!